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England 2-0 Trinidad and Tobago
Thursday, 15 June 2006


P Crouch 83
S Gerrard 90

Trinidad and Tobago


F Lampard 64yellow card


D Theobald 18yellow card
A Whitley 19yellow card
K Jones 45yellow card
S Hislop 47yellow card
C Gray 56yellow card



67% 33%

Shots on target

8 3

Shots off target

17 6


7 3


15 16


  • 01 P Robinson
  • 15 J Carragher (58 A Lennon )
  • 06 J Terry
  • 05 R Ferdinand
  • 03 A Cole
  • 07 D Beckham
  • 08 F Lampard yellow card
  • 04 S Gerrard
  • 11 J Cole (75 S Downing )
  • 10 M Owen (58 W Rooney )
  • 21 P Crouch


  • 09 W Rooney,
  • 12 S Campbell,
  • 13 D James,
  • 14 W Bridge,
  • 16 O Hargreaves,
  • 17 J Jenas,
  • 18 M Carrick,
  • 19 A Lennon,
  • 20 S Downing,
  • 22 S Carson,
  • 23 T Walcott,
  • 02 G Neville

Trinidad and Tobago

  • 01 S Hislop yellow card
  • 11 C Edwards
  • 05 B Sancho
  • 06 D Lawrence
  • 08 C Gray yellow card
  • 07 C Birchall
  • 09 A Whitley yellow card
  • 19 D Yorke
  • 18 D Theobald yellow card (85 E Wise )
  • 14 S John
  • 15 K Jones yellow card (70 C Glen )


  • 02 I Cox,
  • 10 R Latapy,
  • 12 C Samuel,
  • 13 C Glen,
  • 16 E Wise,
  • 17 A Charles,
  • 20 J Scotland,
  • 22 C Ince,
  • 23 A Wolfe,
  • 04 M Andrews,
  • 21 K Jack

Ref: Toru Kamikawa
Att: 41000


"England's campaign almost ground to a halt. If they are playing their way into the 2006 World Cup, they are doing it slowly. If they are going to make the strides they expect, they are going to have to do it quickly."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

"It's by far the worst England performance for some time and is almost on a par with Northern Ireland in Belfast. They have scored two goals, but the second makes it very, very flattering. They're top of the group and going through to the next round, but in what condition?"
Terry Butcher, BBC Five Live Sport

How far will England go at the 2006 World Cup?
Final: 27%
Semi-final: 21%
Quarter-final: 31%
Second round: 21%
  • Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion.
  • From Player Rater users.
  • PLAYER RATER: Dwight Yorke takes the overall honours with a mark of 8.59. Your top England man, as at the interval, is John Terry, although Aaron Lennon's cameo clearly impressed some of you as he earned a score of 7.57.

    "I can criticise the performance and have done in terms of the passing and movement, but we're in the World Cup and we're through to the next stage. We'll get better whoever we play against but I don't think England will win the World Cup if they play a 4-4-2 system."
    Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

    "It's a huge party. There was desperate disappointment with losing to two late goals but there was still a huge cheer round the place. When Peter Crouch scored people were deflated. But within 60 seconds of the final whistle, the music had started again. You just can't crush it."
    Paul Greer, Five Live in Trinidad

    "England have been involved in two of the worst games at the World Cup. This match has told me they must start with Wayne Rooney and Peter Crouch in attack in the next match - England must build up momentum."
    Terry Butcher, BBC Five Live Sport

    FULL-TIME: England qualify for the second round of the World Cup but make heavy weather of it against a hard-working Trinidad and Tobago team.

    90 + 2 mins: Stern John puts the ball in the back of the net with a neat flick from Cornell Glen's low, flat pass but the Coventry man is offside.

    90 + 1 min: It is the first minute of three minutes of injury time, but few England fans in the Franken-Stadion could tell you that as they're going nuts in the stands after a nervy 90 minutes.

    90 mins: GOAL England 2-0 Trinidad and Tobago
    Frank Lampard wins a free-kick and takes it quickly to put England on the attack. It is worked to Steven Gerrard who unleashes an unstoppable left-foot shot from outside the area on the right that leaves Shaka Hislop with no chance. The teams may have changed but the last-minute strike has more than an echo of the FA Cup final when they were representing Liverpool and West Ham respectively.

    89 mins: Stern John plays the ball forward but John Terry and Rio Ferdinand mop up the danger. Trinidad and Tobago look to have run out of puff.

    88 mins: England fans are singing "Football's Coming Home". Not on this evidence, but the goal at least means the team won't be coming home early. If England hold on for the three points they are through to the second phase of the World Cup.

    85 mins: England need to be on their mettle at the back now. Evans Wise comes on for Densill Theobald and immediately floats a cross just over Paul Robinson's crossbar.

    83 mins: GOAL England 1-0 Trinidad and Tobago
    Finally a goal and it goes to England. Peter Crouch climbs high above Brent Sancho to head home David Beckham's cross from the right.

    81 mins: The last 10 minutes and Trinidad and Tobago are passing the ball around with aplomb. The game was supposed to be dead and buried for them by now but they are within touching distance of a fantastic result.

    80 mins: Frank Lampard is lucky to escape a second booking and Trinidad and Tobago break forward but fail to test Paul Robinson.

    79 mins: Ashley Cole charges on to a forward pass from Stewart Downing and crashes into the on-rushing Shaka Hislop. The England man stays down temporarily.

    78 mins: Frank Lampard goes close again. Rio Ferdinand plays him in on the right but his shot-cum-cross evades team-mates and goes wide of the right post.

    77 mins: Peter Crouch and Wayne Rooney exchange passes on the edge of the box and the Liverpool man dinks the ball into the box for Frank Lampard. It's a goal if he goes left or right of the keeper but his shot is straight at Shaka Hislop.

    76 mins: Stewart Downing's cross from the left is agonisingly too high for Peter Crouch in the area.

    75 mins: England are playing make-or-break football and are again caught at the back one-on-one. Cornell Glen beats Ashley Cole but Steven Gerrard races back to steal the ball off the substitute's toes.

    74 mins: England work a short corner. David Beckham to Aaron Lennon and on to Frank Lampard who lifts his shot over the bar. A third and final England change and Stewart Downing replaces Joe Cole.

    73 mins: It's helter-skelter stuff going back and forth. Dwight Yorke breaks forward with only the back-pedalling Ashley Cole for company but the Arsenal man makes a telling tackle to kill the move. Wayne Rooney breaks but the ball goes out on the left.

    71 mins: England are on the back foot. John Terry blocks a Carlos Edwards shot and the men in white clear the danger.

    69 mins: Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker makes his first change, Cornell Glen coming on for Kenwyne Jones.

    68 mins: David Beckham flights a cross in from the right. Peter Crouch heads over.

    67 mins: Wayne Rooney loses possession in an attacking area and Trinidad and Tobago break but a wayward final pass goes out for an England throw.

    65 mins: Brent Sancho clatters into Wayne Rooney. It won't have been a comfortable moment for his club manager Sir Alex Ferguson, wherever the Scot's watching. The striker bounces back to his feet and dusts himself down.

    63 mins: The stats show that England have had 16 shots but not many have been on target. Frank Lampard is booked for a foul on Brent Sancho.

    61 mins: Aaron Lennon's introduction means David Beckham is the man to drop into the defensive line at right-back as and when it is needed.

    60 mins: Aaron Lennon's turn of pace easily sees off his marker but he scoops his cross high over the penalty area.

    59 mins: "The introduction of Wayne Rooney and Aaron Lennon has galvanised England's fans, with David Beckham moving into a deeper role to accommodate the introduction of the Spurs youngster. At least this substitution shows more imagination than against Paraguay, but it also hints at growing desperation."
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

    58 mins: It's change time and it's Rooney time. The England fans love it. Wayne Rooney replaces Michael Owen - an obvious substitution. The other one's a bit more bizarre with Aaron Lennon coming on for Jamie Carragher, meaning England move to three at the back.

    YOUR SHOUT: In a snap poll on the BBC Sport Player Rater, 49% of users say it is time to bring on Rooney. Seconds later Rooney is seen stripping off.

    56 mins: Cyd Gray goes through Michael Owen to earn a yellow card. From the resultant free-kick Owen guides a free header wide from six yards.

    55 mins: Peter Crouch has been watching too many videos of Ronaldinho. He flicks up a low pass from Ashley Cole just inside the area but mis-directs the overhead kick high of the goal. While the first bit had a touch of Ronaldinho, the second was more Ronnie Corbett.

    54 mins: "Every misplaced pass or stuttering passage of play is the catalyst for calls for the introduction of Rooney - and it is nearing the point when the idea of risking the talismanic youngster must surely be going through Eriksson's mind."
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

    53 mins: Trinidad and Tobago are playing with great confidence and Chris Birchall almost plays in Kenwyne Jones with a slide-rule pass.

    51 mins: Steven Gerrard is caught in possession and Stern John breaks over halfway. Trinidad and Tobago win a free-kick but it sails out for a goal-kick off Dwight Yorke's right boot.

    49 mins: An attacking throw-in to England from which they opt to work the ball back to Paul Robinson. It's the second half and they've changed the direction they're attacking but it's not obvious they know it!

    47 mins: The early signs are that England did not get a half-time rollicking from Sven-Goran Eriksson or find a secret stash of kryptonite in the changing room. It's moribund stuff summed up by an aimless Ashley Cole pass to... nobody.

    1804 BST: Trinidad and Tobago get the ball rolling again.

    1802 BST: The players are back out for the second half.

    Bad omen of the day for England fans. They have never scored a second-half World Cup goal under Sven-Goran Eriksson and the last time they notched after the break in the game's premier tournament came in 1998 against Romania. It was Michael Owen's second international goal. The flip side of the omen coin is that tournament debutants Trinidad and Tobago have never scored in the second-half of a World Cup finals match - ever!

    PLAYER RATER: Your half-time man of the match is Shaka Hislop, the only player with a mark of more than nine. Maybe that clearance off the line caught your eye as John Terry is England's top man with 7.54.

    "I've hardly seen any one-twos being played and without them you're not going to open them up. You've got to pass the ball and go for the return. Take your man away and create some space. The passing is not hurting Trinidad and Tobago."
    Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

    "England have won a reputation for delivering their best football in the first 45 minutes of matches - a disturbing prospect on this grim evidence."
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

    "The passing has not been slick enough and this showing has not been good enough."
    Terry Butcher, BBC Five Live Sport

    HALF-TIME: After three minutes of injury time referee Toru Kamikawa from Japan blows for the break.

    45 + 1 mins: A corner for Trinidad and Tobago which John Terry clears. The Chelsea skipper is soon back in action, scooping a volley off the line after Carlos Edwards beats Paul Robinson to a cross and Stern John races in looking to bundle the ball over the line. A let off for England.

    45 mins: "Peter Crouch's dreadful miss brings a response from England's fans hardly designed to help his fragile confidence, namely chants for the introduction of Wayne Rooney from all parts of the Franken-Stadion."
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

    44 mins: David Beckham opts for his right foot on this occasion and to good use. The only problem for England is that Peter Crouch's right foot is not up to much as he volley's the skipper's cross well wide with nobody near him - apart from a rooted Shaka Hislop. A great chance goes begging.

    43 mins: David Beckham in left-foot shock. Now we know why he only uses it to stand on as he chips a soft shot straight at Shaka Hislop.

    42 mins: Steven Gerrard's long left-to-right long ball is turned back by Michael Owen but Frank Lampard spoons his side-footed effort over from eight yards.

    40 mins: Peter Crouch and Dennis Lawrence jump for and an up and under. It's like watching a regional pogo jumping competition when these two 6'7" beanpoles go for a high ball. Lawrence takes top marks on this occasion.

    38 mins: Trinidad and Tobago inch their way up the right with some neat, short passing before winning a free-kick. Kenwyne Jones climbs well but heads over another good Dwight Yorke delivery.

    36 mins: Another delightful deadball delivery from Dwight Yorke. Paul Robinson flaps at the corner and Stern John steals in at the back post but heads wide, with Jamie Carragher in close attendance.

    35 mins: Dwight Yorke's second free-kick of the match, again from the right, forces Rio Ferdinand to head over and concede a corner.

    34 mins: The ball is worked to Frank Lampard. In space in the centre of the park he looks up and picks his spot. Unfortunately for England it's a few feet wide of Shaka Hislop's right post.

    32 mins: Steven Gerrard blazes a shot over from distance. Trinidad and Tobago are like a Caribbean sponge soaking up all this pressure - although they haven't exactly been tested yet.

    PLAYER RATER: Trinidad and Tobago are taking your early plaudits, with eight of the team ranking a nine or higher.

    30 mins: "While Dwight Yorke is having treatment, Sven-Goran Eriksson finally ventures from the dug-out to have a long discussion with Rio Ferdinand - England certainly need some inspiration from the sidelines. It then arrives in the shape of Wayne Rooney having his first warm-up, at last giving the England fans something to cheer - "Rooney! Rooney! Rooney!"'
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

    29 mins: Dwight Yorke receives some treatment and walks gingerly to the touchline. He gets in the way of a Steven Gerrard shot and the PC way to describe his injury is a "low blow".

    27 mins: Peter Crouch causes a moment of panic in the box from a Trinidad and Tobago perspective, but his knock down from Jamie Carragher's floated cross fails to drop for either Michael Owen or Frank Lampard and Cyd Gray hooks the ball clear.

    26 mins: Joe Cole finds Peter Crouch with a drilled cross but the striker can do little with it, getting his bonce to it but heading wide.

    25 mins: This match is like the weather - cooler than what has come before. The action is not exactly setting the pulse racing and the tempo needs picking up.

    24 mins: Another sight of goal for Trinidad and Tobago, albeit from distance, and Carlos Edwards fires an ambitious effort high, wide and handsome.

    23 mins: Against the run of play Paul Robinson dives low off his line to pluck Dwight Yorke's cross from the right out of the air.

    20 mins: Steven Gerrard is chopped down again and this time Aurtis Whitley is booked. What can David Beckham do with this free-kick? It's over the wall and flighted towards Peter Crouch at the back post, but the Liverpool man heads over under pressure from Wrexham's Dennis Lawrence.

    19 mins: David Beckham's free-kick is straight into the wall.

    18 mins: Shortly after the first chance, a first yellow card. Densill Theobald is the recipient after tugging Steven Gerrard back on the edge of the box.

    16 mins: The first clear-cut chance for England. Joe Cole steps on to his right foot and Peter Crouch stretches to get a touch to the Chelsea man's teasing cross, but Shaka Hislop saves.

    15 mins: "Coach Leo Beenhakker is leaving his seat in the technical area to shout instructions at goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. He seems concerned that his team has been so pinned back, but England have yet to produce the quality to pierce their defensive approach."
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

    14 mins: Trinidad and Tobago flirt with a 4-4-2, Kenwyne Jones moving into attack from the right flank, but soon revert to their opening formation.

    12 mins: Joe Cole burst into the box down the left and his efforts earn a corner. Dennis Lawrence clears David Beckham's corner and is again on hand to stoop low as Peter Crouch lines up a volley after the ball is played back into the box.

    11 mins: Dwight Yorke stands over a free-kick on the right but wastes the opportunity flighting it well over every player in the box.

    10 mins: Something to hearten Soca Warriors fans. Trinidad and Tobago get to grips with the ball and play it around for a while. Possession at last, but little purpose.

    9 mins: England are repeatedly met by an immovable red wall of players. Steven Gerrard attempts to burst through it but loses control on the edge of the area.

    8 mins: Michael Owen harries Brent Sancho into a mistake but Trinidad and Tobago get possession back. Before too long they've lost it again and England are dominating.

    6 mins: England are biding their time in possession before Frank Lampard fizzes in a rasping shot. Shaka Hislop is unable to hold it but Michael Owen fails to turn in the sharp rebound which bounces off his knee and wide.

    4 mins: Steven Gerrard's quick free-kick is called back as Ashley Cole has lost one of his red boots. Well, not lost, he's found it, it just came off. David Beckham's free-kick does not get past the first defender.

    2 mins: Jamie Carragher gets the first shot in on goal, a tame long-range effort after drifting in off the right flank.

    1 min: Trinidad and Tobago opt for an early 4-5-1 as England enjoy the best of the opening exchanges.

    1700 BST: We're up and running in Nuremberg and there can be no excuses about the heat this time. The cloudy sky is more like a summer's afternoon in Northumberland.


    1659 BST: The teams peel away for kick-off and this is the match the Soca Warriors want to win more than any other in Germany. The first 20 minutes will tell us what sort of chance they've got.

    1657 BST: There's a lot of clashing of symbols in the Trinidad and Tobago anthem and a good effort from the players to join in. Take note Messrs Carragher and Neville.

    1656 BST: Anthem time and it seems that Jamie Carragher is the perfect replacement for Gary Neville. Like the Manchester United right-back, the Liverpool man is tight-lipped and refuses to sing.

    1655 BST: A roar from the crowd signals the entry of the teams to the Franken-Stadion, filing out before fanning out and lining up for the anthems.

    1651 BST: The players are in the tunnel and it is all smiles between former Manchester United team-mates and the skippers of each team - Dwight Yorke and David Beckham.

    1649 BST: A win for England and they will be through to the second round of the tournament with a group game to spare. Following Ecuador's win over Costa Rica earlier in the day we know that if David Beckham and co bag the points here they will face either hosts Germany or the Ecuadorians.

    1645 BST: "We keep hearing how good this English team is and now is the time for them to show it. Ask Trinidad questions and play it in their half. Never mind Wayne Rooney, this is a big night for Michael Owen."
    Terry Butcher, BBC Five Live Sport

    1642 BST: The floodlights are on and there are a few spots of rain in the air.

    1639 BST: "People may have their perceptions of Dwight Yorke but that's not the Dwight Yorke I know. He called me today and I tried to get the team from him. I got the impression they were going to play two midfielders on Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard and try to release him from midfield. I'm debating whether they'll go 3-4-3 now and it wouldn't surprise me. None of us are quite sure how they'll play."
    Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

    1635 BST: Trinidad and Tobago played more matches than any other nation to reach the finals, but never mind that workload, it is the possible heavy legs from playing 45 minutes with 10 men against Sweden that will concern fans... and coach Leo Beenhakker.

    1631 BST: "The giant screens show a touchline exchange between England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and Trinidad and Tobago counterpart Leo Beenhakker, where the Dutchman can clearly be seen saying: "Have a nice match." Eriksson will not be too interested in nice - three points is the target."
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

    1629 BST: "It's a public holiday here which is great news for the fans. I'm in St James, west of Port of Spain, and ask anyone here and they've got to win. They really believe they can do it and are certain they can beat England. Whether they will is a different matter, but they're convincing me."
    Paul Greer, Five Live in Trinidad

    1623 BST: "David Beckham's wife Victoria attracts a storm of media attention as she makes her way to her seat in the stand. As England come out Wayne Rooney predictably attracts huge cheers from their fans, fresh from learning the news that he is fit to play."
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg

    1621 BST: The Soca Warriors stroll on to the pitch to limber up and England are not far behind as the atmosphere in the Franken-Stadion builds.

    1613 BST: Sven-Goran Eriksson will clearly go with his preferred 4-4-2 formation. Trinidad and Tobago look far more flexible and could pack the midfield with Stern John up front on his own. Carlos Edwards is expected to play at right-back with Cyd Gray moving across to the left in place of Avery John.

    1552 BST: "I think Wayne Rooney needs 15-20 minutes in this game and the next - subject to how the game's going. It's a long way for Theo Walcott to come without playing a game so it would be lovely to see him get a chance as well. Jamie Carragher is very consistent and it was an obvious choice for him to come in for Gary Neville. They should win by a couple of goals."
    Sir Geoff Hurst on BBC News 24

    1550 BST: The England team is confirmed and Jamie Carragher coming in for Gary Neville at right-back is the only change from the line-up against Paraguay. Trinidad and Tobago make two changes, Aurtis Whitley and Kenwyne Jones being drafted in with Avery John suspended and Collin Samuel dropped.


    England: Robinson, Carragher, Terry, Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard, Joe Cole, Owen, Crouch.
    Subs: Rooney, Campbell, James, Bridge, Hargreaves, Jenas, Carrick, Lennon, Downing, Carson, Walcott, Neville.

    Trinidad & Tobago: Hislop, Edwards, Sancho, Lawrence, Gray, Birchall, Whitley, Yorke, Theobald, Stern John, Jones.
    Subs: Cox, Latapy, Samuel, Glen, Wise, Charles, Scotland, Ince, Wolfe, Andrews, Jack.

    Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan).

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